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As parents start to head back to work, they are seeking day care centers - but they have a new look due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Jul 15, 2020, 6:42 PM

Updated 1,433 days ago

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As parents start to head back to work, they are seeking day care centers - but they have a new look due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just a Helping Hand Day Care in Stamford does temperature checks, cleans and sanitizes throughout the day, and enforces the use of face masks with staff.
"We do a temperature check," says Davette Stephens, who works for the day care. "All throughout the day, we're cleaning door knobs, cleaning toys. Because of our age group, our children tend to put things in their mouths."
The center was closed for three months due to the pandemic.
Finding day care spots has become increasingly difficult in Connecticut, so the state is trying to fast-track new day care licenses, which can take several months.
The state is currently 45,000 day care slots short. Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz says the state is actively recruiting new, smaller day care centers.
"In order to fully reopen our economy, we need to have quality, affordable day care," Bysiewicz says.
She says loans are also available. Stephens says that the day care center might've had to shut down for good, but that it will be OK.
 


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